Wilmington NC dental office Gregory B.
Garrett, DDS is pleased to provide professional quality dental
treatment to patients in Wilmington NC, Hampstead, Murraysville,
Myrtle Grove, Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Leland, Ogden,
Kure Beach, Castle Hayne and the surrounging communities.
Dentist, Dr. Gregory Garrett specializes in adult dentistry,
children's dentistry, family dentistry, preventive & general
dentistry and dental care for seniors. Dr. Gregory's dental clinic
provides the following dental care services, dental implants, dental
sedation, kids dentistry, dental sealants, restorative dental
treatment, gum disease treatment, periodontal disease treatment,
oral hygiene care, white dental fillings, dental crowns, dental root
canal treatment, smile makeovers, KOR Deep Bleaching, professional
teeth whitening, digital dental imaging, oral exams, teeth cleaning
and complete dental care for seniors.
12-year-old likes to chew ice. Is this harmful?
Despite the hardness of tooth enamel, it can still break, sometimes
easily. Eating “hard foods” such as popcorn, cracking nut shells
with your teeth, and chewing on ice are some ways teeth can be
chipped or cracked. Opening packages with your teeth can also damage
Why are soft drinks bad for your
Anything with sugar and acid attacks teeth. Examples include soft
drinks, energy drinks, fruit juices, and candy. Because of the acid
content, Mountain Dew seems to be the worst of the worst. Dentists
even have a name for the damage it does – they call it “Dew Mouth.”
These soften the tooth enamel, making it highly susceptible to
decay. Parents, watch your kid’s consumption of these, because young
children’s enamel hasn’t developed fully. This makes these drinks
even more damaging for kids. As well as eliminating the above (or at
least reducing their consumption), use a sugar-free xylitol chewing
gum after meals. Also, rinse your mouth with a high-quality dental
Tongue piercings seem to be a very bad
idea. How bad?
Tongue piercings are very popular, but they can cause major problems
for your oral health. They can fracture your teeth and make it much
easier to get a nasty infection of the tongue and lips. Dentists
have estimated that up to 40% of people who have metal rings or
other oral piercings have had big problems from tooth fractures and
fluoride bad for you?
There is no problem with fluoride in small amounts, though excessive
fluoride can cause irregularities in tooth enamel. Young children,
especially, often swallow too much toothpaste while brushing. So
parents, supervise your young kids while they brush. Kids (and even
adults) often use way too much toothpaste (a pea-size drop is
plenty). A little goes a long way.
I think I grind my teeth at night.
What can I do about this?
Many patients who wake up with pain in their jaws or a nagging
headache could be bruxing, or grinding their teeth, during sleep.
Persistent bruxing can damage teeth and cause them to get shorter
and shorter. It can also damage your temporomandibular (jaw) joints
and even affect your hearing. If you suspect that you are a bruxer,
tell your dentist. He or she may recommend a night guard or other
the doctor check for oral cancer?
Definitely! Dentists and hygienists are your first line of defense
in detecting and treating oral cancer. Each year in the US,
approximately 30,000 people are newly diagnosed with oral cancer.
Worldwide, the problem is far greater, with new cases annually
approaching 300,000. In the US alone, a person dies from oral cancer
every hour of every day. If you add the sub category of laryngeal
cancers, the rates of occurrence (about 10,000 additional new cases
per year) and death are significantly higher. However, the good news
is, when found early, oral cancers have an 80 to 90% cure rate.
Why is it important to have regular
Many patients aren’t aware that “teeth cleaning” does more than just
clean your teeth. Removing plaque is essential to preserving your
teeth. It builds up on the tooth surfaces and between the teeth.
Brushing and flossing are, of course, vital, but everyone needs
their teeth professionally cleaned on a regular basis. Remember –
only a dental hygienist can completely clean your teeth.